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March 11, 2016
British Columbia-based TRK Group said it has acquired a Bell 205A1++ (BLR). This is the first medium helicopter to be added to TRK's fleet of seven intermediate and three light...
March 8, 2016
Montreal, Canada-based helicopter transportation provider HNZ Group Inc. has partnered with Acasta HeliFlight Inc., which will be based in Yellowknife, NWT, and will expand HNZ's services to northern Canada, according to a company press release. HNZ operates in Canada, New...
March 7, 2016
Bristow Helicopters Ltd. confirmed the return of Sikorsky S-76 aircraft to service Saturday, following completion of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority's (NCAA) operational audit and the company's return-to-service...
March 3, 2016
Waypoint Leasing Ltd. closed a multi-aircraft agreement with DRF Luftrettung, a non-profit air rescue...
March 3, 2016
Finmeccanica and Era Group Inc. have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to develop a platform for the AgustaWestland AW609 tilt-rotor program. Under the MoU, Finmeccanica...
March 2, 2016
Waypoint Leasing Ltd. told Heli-Expo attendees that it has surpassed $1.5 billion in total helicopter assets. Its fleet of more than 120 aircraft ranges from light-twin to heavy helicopters. The company also has firm and option orders with...
March 1, 2016
Waypoint Leasing Ltd. has closed a multi-aircraft agreement with Bristow Group Inc. for the sale and leaseback of three AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters. All...
March 1, 2016
Brazilian company Helisul Táxi Aéreo has signed a letter of intent for ten Marenco SKYe SH09s. The company currently...
February 29, 2016
Bristow has acknowledged that "a number of our clients have received a letter" from Nigeria's National Petroleum Investment Management Services asking them to terminate the company's helicopter services, telling R&WI it has "engaged the authority and other government officials on the matter."  The directive followed the Feb. 3 crash of a Bristow Sikorsky Aircraft S-76 C+...
February 29, 2016
Bell Helicopter President and CEO Mitch Snyder emphasized a focus on innovation for the future in terms of both “disruptive” and “leap-forward” technologies in its future aircraft.   At a Feb. 29 press conference during Heli-Expo, Snyder explained Bell's innovation falls in three parts: safety improvements...
February 25, 2016
Chris Emerson on June 1 became president and chief executive of Airbus Helicopters Inc. [Booth 9651] and head of Airbus Helicopters North America Region, overseeing Airbus Helicopters' subsidiaries in the U.S. and Canada. (He succeeded Marc Paganini, who led the Grand Prairie, Texas-based U.S. subsidiary for more than 12 years.) Emerson previously was SVP and head of marketing for Airbus' airliner unit. We...
February 24, 2016
The Bristow pilot who recently performed a dangerous overwater emergency landing in Nigeria also happens to be the first-ever female Nigerian helicopter captain, according to Nigerian news sources. Capt. Abimbola Jayeola, who hails from Abeokuta, Ogun State, southwestern Nigeria...
February 23, 2016
Erickson Inc. has appointed new leadership and sales personnel across its enterprise.   The new appointments include: Rob Lewis, VP and general manager of the Commercial Business Unit; Andy Mills, VP of Global Business Development; Gary Starr, VP of Global Supply Chain; Erick Nodland as global director of operations; John Patriarch, sales manager to the Dept. of Defense; and Chris Maynard, business...
February 23, 2016
Taqnia Aeronautics and Sikorsky signed an agreement to explore helicopter business opportunities in Saudi Arabia. The agreement was signed on the opening day of the AFED Local Manufacturing Exhibition in Riyadh by retired Maj. Gen. Ali Al-Ghamdi, Taqnia Aeronautics CEO, and Anand Stanley, Sikorsky VP for Europe, Middle East and Africa.  ...
February 22, 2016
International helicopter pilot organization Twirly Birds has awarded this year's Les Morris Award to Anthony Melvin "Mel" O'Reilly, founder of Eagle Copters Ltd. in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. O'Reilly began his aviation career in eastern Canada in 1955 with the Royal Canadian Air Force in field helicopter maintenance and later saw extensive duty as an engineer and...
February 18, 2016
A unique unmanned tiltrotor has successfully completed a new testing stage after performing its first flight. The aircraft was created by VR-Technologies, an innovative design bureau part of Russian Helicopters. A number of oil and gas companies and various government agencies are...
February 18, 2016
Silverstone Helicopters, a joint venture between Sloane Helicopters and Fresh Air, has been awarded a contract by Silverstone Circuits to provide aviation services at the Northamptonshire race circuit. In addition to general aviation support at the circuit, Silverstone Helicopters will be...
February 17, 2016
Erickson Inc. is partnering with Sterlite Grid to install nearly 160 power transmission towers using Erickson’s S64 Aircrane in the Pir Panjal mountain range in northern India. The initiative will be the first time transmission lines are...
February 17, 2016
Sikorsky has appointed UI Helicopter Co., Ltd. to become a Sikorsky-authorized customer support center in South Korea, the first such center in the country. Based in Yesan, 100 km south of Seoul, the center will enable operators of Sikorsky S-76 and S-92...
February 16, 2016
A new president has taken the reins at Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Ltd. as that manufacturing unit adjusts to changing market conditions and shifting production approaches.  Cynthia Garneau, an 11-year veteran of the company based in the Montreal suburb of Mirabel, Quebec, took over as president in late January. She succeeded Raymond Leduc, who held the presidency for slightly more than a year and...
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